Veteran public school teacher Lavinia Sparks is threatened with dismissal because she won’t stop teaching Shakespeare to her fifth grade students at Muhammad Ali Elementary School. Miz Sparks remembers a time when students were known for their talents, not for their test scores.
I can’t take one more minute, thought Miz Sparks. I’ll retire if this administration doesn’t begin to provide assistance, instead of soundbites and condemnation. School’s gone to hell, and they’re on vacation.
About the author:
Nancy Rawles is a writer and teacher. Her novel Love Like Gumbo won an American Book Award. Her novel My Jim, the story of the bereaved family of Mark Twain's famous slave character, was chosen by the Seattle Public Library for its popular Seattle Reads program.
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